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St Abbe

looking north from St Abbs


45 George Square Edinburgh


Rennie Weatherhead
Dick Sillitto

On the occasion of Dick's 80th anniversary

It seemed a great coincidence to find that you and Winifred had become neighbours to Haydée and Wayne and then to find out that we have a mutual and long lasting interest in the coast of S. E. Scotland.  It was to here that we separately and unknown to each other withdrew from the capital to experience a different life.  One of the deep differences is how time is appreciated; clock or tide. [I am trying hard to mention some physics so that is it; there will be no Mass, Length ... ]

Not my first memory of you but it still recurs. An evening at the flat in George Square with the class and listening to music I had never heard of.   Dr Farago was there and told us of his homeland.

A thank you and best wishes for this anniversary.


Rennie was in the class of 1958. Next time we saw him was in 1993 (?) when his daughter bought the flat above us in Dunbar. He had already long retired from teaching physics in Dunbar Grammar, and he and his wife spent a lot of time in their 'holiday house' in St Abbs, 20 miles away, -- and still do.
St Abbs harbour

It's a brilliant wee fishing village (Wayne has a boat), and Rennie has been very active in the investigation of the local history, particularly for the 900th anniversary celebrations in year 1998 of the nearby Coldingham Priory.

We went over for a day to see the exhibition, and in the evening enjoyed a merry concert by physics professor Murray 'latex lips' Campbell and his Edinburgh Renaissance Band.
carved stones exterior wall

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An introduction to the physice of Mass, Length and Time by Norman Feather (1904 - 1978, discoverer of nuclear transmutation by neutrons in 1932) was published by Edinburgh University Press in 1959. Feather was 'the' Professor of Natural Philosophy in Edinburgh for 30 years, and for many of them followed the Scottish tradition that the Professor should expound the basis of mechanics to first year.